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Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:03 pm
nisaba: (Madness)
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I meant to mention this when I posted about my leaving the UK anniversary the other day (which I got wrong by a day in the end as well).

I see UK people.

When I'm walking the streets of Brisbane, I see UK people. I see former colleagues and current friends and people I haven't seen in years and people who were at my leaving party. If I've met you in person a few times, I've almost certainly seen you on the streets here. Crossing a road off to the left or disappearing into a crowd to the right or ducking into a shop just in front of me. The ghosts of UK people past. What are you all doing here?

And it's been months now, but I still see UK people. When will you all go away?

Date: 2012-11-22 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterbeetle.livejournal.com
I have a similar sensation, although on a wider, more generic scale.

Goths look the same the world over. And so do lesbians! It's especially disconcerting when there are roomfuls of them...

Date: 2012-11-22 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Spoilt for choice? ;)

Date: 2012-11-22 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepthief.livejournal.com
Shush, I'm not supposed to be here - they wouldn't let me in!

Date: 2012-11-22 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
That's no surprise with your username!

Date: 2012-11-22 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepthief.livejournal.com
/me thinks about making a comment about it being a requirement in the 1800's...

Yeah, good point actually!

Date: 2012-11-22 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Some of us have moved on since the 1800s ;)

Date: 2012-11-22 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepthief.livejournal.com
If you think about it, it is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the human spirit. Or something like that. Anyway, yes, the exact opposite of what we seem to expect human societies to do. Not that I know anything of the history of Australia really, but that's what it seems like to me.

Date: 2012-11-22 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] margotmetroland.livejournal.com
Never! you are stuck with us. Mere geography is no boundary for us!

Date: 2012-11-22 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Damn you and your supernatural powers, woman!

Date: 2012-11-22 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nils.livejournal.com
There are only a certain number of distinct people in the world - probably about 50 or so. Anyone else is just a copy.

Date: 2012-11-22 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Ah, awesome. You knew you lot were all so replaceable?

Date: 2012-11-22 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moral-vacuum.livejournal.com
We are the originals. The copies of us are all subject to replicative fading and translation faults, so will never be true replacements.

Date: 2012-11-22 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zotz.livejournal.com
"There are only forty people in the world and five of them are hamburgers."

Date: 2012-11-25 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Mmmm, hamburgers.

Date: 2012-11-23 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glensc.livejournal.com
"There are only 40 people in the world, and five of them are hamburgers." - Captain Beefheart

Date: 2012-11-22 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixandrea.livejournal.com
I think it's quite a common thing when you've lost someone, or feel the lack of someone. I know for ages after I stopped talking to him I kept seeing people I thought were my dad, and more recently I've seen Stef in other people. At first it seemed to be whole people that looked *just* like him; more recently it's dwindled to particular expressions or body movements in people. The sensation disappears over time, but it is disconcerting to start with!

Date: 2012-11-22 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
It is just like that. I've just never had it on such a grand scale before, especially as it's includes people I've barely even thought of in years, like former colleagues.

Date: 2012-11-22 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixandrea.livejournal.com
Perhaps it's because you miss the UK on a grand scale too? So your brain is showing you a pattern of everyone you ever met here. Did you get anything similar when you moved to the UK from Australia the first time?

Date: 2012-11-25 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
No, not really, but then I didn't live near any of my friends at the time, as most of them were already overseas or somewhere else in the country, and I wsan't near my family either. And I was young and excited and totally focused on looking forward, and didn't even think twice about missing people.

Date: 2012-11-22 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inulro.livejournal.com
I think it's common to people who've moved around a lot.

I see Canadians over here, and Brits in Canada, Leeds folk in Manchester and Northerners in Bristol, etc.

Date: 2012-11-22 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepthief.livejournal.com
I can't say that I see any of you guys up here, but aside from the folk I work with I generally see only cows, squirrels, that sort of thing, so probably you all should be glad.

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